St Michael'sChurch of England Primary School

Sandhurst, Berkshire

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Year 1

Our lovely Year 1 class!

Welcome to Year 1. We are delighted to be able to teach your children this year!

Class Teacher: Mrs Kay Fawkes 

Support Staff: Mrs Miller, Mrs Hall, Mrs Newman, Mr Louis (PE)

Literacy: During this term the children will be developing their skills in writing by looking at capital letters, full stops and writing in simple sentences. They will begin to explore grammar in particular, verbs, suffixes and different types of punctuation. They will continue their knowledge of phonics and how to use this to read and write, in preparation for their phonics test in June 2022. The children will also continue to learn to spell high frequency and common exception words.

Reading: In Year 1 we aim to read with the children twice a week in school. They will be assessed frequently by the class teacher and given support to improve their fluency and comprehension skills. They will start to answer more complex comprehension questions as they progress through the reading bands and as a class they will study a different book each term to begin practising these skills. 
Please listen to your child read at home as much as possible and record this in the reading record. 

Maths: During this term the children will revise their skills in counting, place value and writing numbers. They will begin to further improve their skills in adding and subtraction. 

Creative Curriculum:
We will start our year with a history project, looking at Amazing people and their inventions. In class they will explore the work of Florence Nightingale and Mary Seacole. They will then be given the opportunity to explore an amazing person of their choice to research at home and complete in school. 

Homework: each child will be required to read at least 5 times a week. They will each have a teddy with 5 words on that they have to be able to read and spell, they will get a new teddy when they have achieved this. The children will also be given different maths, writing and creative curriculum tasks to complete from time to time. 

PE days are Tuesday and Wednesday  Children need to come into school in their PE kits on these days. Earrings must be removed. 

Reward system 
The children enjoy plentiful praise for their efforts and we recognise individual achievements and make a point of praising children to other adults and in front of the class. In addition, we use stickers within the class for exceptional achievements and will also send exceptional work to Mr Bevan. Once a week, Mr Bevan will have assembly to award special certificates to the 2 children who have made the most exceptional effort in class. All children will get a certificate at some time during the year.

Please remember we can only allow children to go home with other adults if we have your specific permission. You can tell us in the morning or ring the office to let us know.

Parental Help 
We will go to Ambarrow Woods three times a term.  If we require parent helpers we will advertise nearer the dates. Please let the office know if you would like to be considered. These helpers will need to contact the school office to complete the DBS process. There is a parent helper contract to read which asks that you please only take photos of other people’s children if you have their permission to do so. We would prefer no photos of school events to be on Facebook, as some parents have great reservations about it. 


Woods walks Year 1

Monday 13th September

Thursday 7th October

Monday 18th October

Thursday 4th November

Thursday 18th November

Thursday 2nd December